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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 259
4th November - 8th November 2019

Editorial

Kibra Has Done Its Part, Remain Faithful

From door to door campaigns after his nomination and now with a total of 24,636 votes, Imran Okoth won the Kibra by-elections against Macdonald Mariga who managed to garner a total of 11,230 votes according to the results announced by the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Friday 8th November 2019. The by-election brought a close to campaigns that reached fever pitch in Kibera Constituency and also the race to succeed one of the most dynamic and highly impactful MPs in Kibra, the late Ken Okoth.

Unlike other by-elections, this one was one of its own with high stakes just by the manner it was handled. While each candidate tried to ring-fence their political space, their respective political parties stole the show to the extent that the electorate almost lost sight of the aspirants’ commitment to them. Some parties used the platform as training ground for 2022 election politics and others to drum up support for the highly anticipated BBI report. The media, in their agenda-setting role, played right into the political godfathers’ hands as opposed to properly dissecting the manifestos being floated.

It is undeniable that other factors remaining constant, much of the electoral success is owed to the political parties and not just to the candidates. The political machinery that was deployed in the campaigns resultantly puts MP-elect Imran Okoth on the spot even as political parties retreat to the backstage. The ground is now fertile for implementation of the poems and manifestos shared during the campaign period; it is now time for Imran to put his hands on the plough.

Imran now has about 2 years before the next elections to walk the talk and effectively deliver on his representation, implementation and legislative mandate. As he assumes office as a member of the National Assembly, it will be high time he realizes that he has the right tools to effect change and advance the vision that the late Ken had laid out for Kibra.

News of the Week

Maritime Authority on the spot over faulty vessel

Parliamentary Investment Committee (PIC) has blamed the Kenya Maritime Authority for allowing the faulty MV Harambee to operate on the Likoni Ferry Channel risking thousands of commuters lives. The Committee chaired by Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir said KMA's last report on the MV Harambee did not indicate the vessel’s prow was not working leading to an incident in which a car plunged in the ocean a month ago. The Committee noted that despite flagging 12 deficiencies on the vessel the inspector did not consider a standard basic safety element of the prow, which was obvious.
It also emerged that there is only one qualified vessel inspector and chief engineer at KMA, who is on contract and turns 70 next week. Meanwhile, KMA Director-General George Nyamoko Okongo said they wrote to Kenya Ferry Services before the queries PIC raised and pointed out various issues, some of which were rectified.

Senators outraged over idle medical kits in Isiolo

The Senate Ad-hoc committee formed to probe the Managed Equipment Service (MES), expressed outrage that several medical equipment at the Garbatula hospital has never been unpacked since they were delivered about four years ago. The Senate Committee chaired Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo said cancer screening and x-ray machines were brought to the hospital by Ministry of Health in an agreement with County Government in 2015 but are not operational due to lack of trained personnel. The committee also found out that in Nyambene Sub-County Hospital, in Meru the equipment was not in use because of lack of adequate electricity supply to run the machines.

Senate okays raising of debt ceiling

With the Amendment of the Public Finance Management Regulations, Treasury now has more legroom to push public borrowing to sh.9.1 trillion from current sh 5.8 trillion starting July 2023. Bowing to political pressure from the Executive, 37 out of 47 lawmakers who were present in the House on Wednesday afternoon endorsed the National Treasury's proposal to change the law and increase the debt ceiling. Passage of the amended PFM regulations means the country will no longer factor its debt caps on 50 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which stands at Sh5.8 trillion (61.8 per cent of GDP) thus further burdening future generations who will repay Kenya’s mounting debt. Out of the 37, only seven senators, including Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo, Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot and nominated Senators Millicent Omanga and Victor Prengei opposed the motion. As the lawmakers agreed to open the window for more borrowing, questions remain on the sustainability of the country’s debt. Parliament’s Budget Office (PBO) has raised the alarm over the mounting debt, arguing that the trend of Kenya borrowing to repay debts will be deep-rooted.

Muturi calls out 'absent' MPs who missed out on Finance Bill vote

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has disputed claims by MPs that they were not given enough time to prepare to discuss the President’s proposal to repeal the law capping interest rates. At the time the matter was considered on Tuesday only 161 of 349 MPs were in the House. At least 233 were needed to veto the President’s proposal. According to the House biometric register and login system, 270 of them were in the chamber. This means that despite the matter having been listen in the House’s Order paper that shows a list of the business to be transacted, the legislator didn’t bother to participate. Interestingly, some of the MPs who were present but left immediately the matter was raised for consideration, appeared on talk shows on local TV and radio stations to claim that they should not be blamed for the return of expensive loans because they were caught off-guard. 
The Speaker said the MPs had no excuse since both the print and electronic media had on many occasions carried notices that the matter would be coming up for consideration by the House on Tuesday. Additionally, the speaker ordered that a division bell be rung for 10 minutes so that members who might have stepped out of the House could return and participate in deciding the matter.

Quote of the Week

"I want to assure the Senators who want to support these regulations that if you grant Treasury the chance that they're looking for, by December this year I won't be shocked if they're at Sh 9 trillion."

Quote by Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot during the debt on the Public Finance Management Regulations that sought to raise the debt ceiling to Sh 9 trillion on November 5th 2109..

Lest we forget

 Particularly, when it comes to the electioneering period and party primaries, women have borne the brunt of election violence. I am also happy because this Bill gives details of how to deal with violence during the election period.

Sentiments by Kajiado East MP Peris Pesi Tobiko who was contributing to the Elections Offences Bill on August 31st 2016.

Read the Hansard

Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
THE ANTI-CORRUPTION AND ECONOMIC CRIMES (AMENDMENT)(No.2) BILL
- NO. 72 OF 2019 
Sponsored by Hon Silas Tiren
THE BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS BILL
- NO. 74 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Sabina W. Chege
THE WAQF BILL
- NO. 73 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
Second Reading
THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS (REVENUE RAISING PROCESS) BILL
- NO. 24 OF 2018
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE DATA PROTECTION BILL
- NO. 44 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE PARLIAMENTARY PENSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 45 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 49 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE INSURANCE (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 50 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE LIVESTOCK AND LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS MARKETING BOARD BILL
- NO.2 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Bashir Abdullaih
THE PARLIAMENTARY PENSIONS (AMENDMENT)(No.3) BILL
- NO. 57 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Andrew Mwadime
THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT CONSTITUENCIES DEVELOPMENT FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO.16 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon (Dr.) Makali Mulu
THE TEA BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 36 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon Adan Hajj
THE EQUALISATION FUND BILL
- NO. 43 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Kassait Kamket
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
Consideration of the President’s Reservations to the Finance Bill
- NO 51 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Joseph Limo
The Public Finance Management (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 51 OF 2017
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
The Data Protection Bill
- NO. 44 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale

Bills before the Senate

First Reading
THE SACCO SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 1 OF 2018
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen
THE SECTIONAL PROPERTIES BILL
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 23 OF 2019
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
Second Reading
THE KENYAN SIGN LANGUAGE BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 15 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen (Dr.) Getrude Musuruve and Sen. (Prof.) Margaret Kamar
THE CARE AND PROTECTION OF CHILD PARENTS BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 11 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Beatrice Kwamboka
THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 14 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Isaac Mwaura
THE COUNTY LICENSING (UNIFORM PROCEDURE) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 17 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Mercy Chebeni
THE ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 19 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Sylvia Kasanga
THE STATUTE LAW (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) (NO. 2) BILL
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILLS NO. 13 OF 2018
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
THE RETIREMENT BENEFITS (DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND DESIGNATED STATE OFFICERS) (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 2 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Ledama Olekina
THE KENYA MEDICAL SUPPLIES AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 38 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Mary Senata
THE CANCER PREVENTION AND CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 9 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Dr. Abdullahi Ali
THE COUNTY HALL OF FAME BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 39 OF 2018
Sponsored by Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen

Public Participation

The Parliamentary Broadcasting and Library Committee and Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs respectively invite views from the public on:

1. The Public Participation (N.A. Bill No. 6 of 2019) Bill 
2. The Public Participation Bill (No. 2) (N.A. Bill No. 71 of 2019)

Submissions may be forwarded to the Clerk of the National Assembly, P. O. BOX 41842 - 00100, Nairobi or;

Hand-delivered to the office of the Clerk, 1st Floor, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi or emailed to clerk@parliament.go.ke to be received on or before Tuesday, 18th November 2019 at 5 pm.

The Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs invites views from the public on:

1. The Waqf Bill (N.A. Bill No. 73 of 2019) 
2. The Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Bill

Submissions may be forwarded to the Clerk of the National Assembly, P. O. BOX 41842 - 00100, Nairobi or;

Hand-delivered to the office of the Clerk, 1st Floor, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi or emailed to clerk@parliament.go.ke to be received on or before Tuesday, 18th November 2019 at 5 pm.


 

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